After years of accepting infrequent requests from friends to take care of their home and pets whilst they were away, I started to provide professional house and pet sitting within the Darwin community in August 2016. Since then I have taken care of over a hundred properties and retained many valuable clients.
My overall experience has been pretty fascinating and exceptionally good. I have been able to explore our beloved stunning Darwin from top to bottom, live in some exquisite mansions and grand designs, enjoy taking care of amazing and often hilarious pets, and importantly, getting to know and building relationships with many amazing and kind-hearted people over the years.
Often forgotten though are the endless hours of organising my schedule with people, regular meet and greets, travel time, hours of packing, unpacking and cleaning, grappling with unfamiliar electrical items and other quirks and features of the house and/or its pets. Not to mention frequent unexpected surprises, last-minute cancellations or changes to travel schedules, maintenance, or request to go above and beyond.
Accepting me as your house and pet sitter whilst you are on your leisure or business trip will provide you with peace of mind and a sense of security for your home and furry family. I believe many of you will have specific questions and I am more than happy to answer all of these in our initial meet and greet.
Because every house sit is a unique experience, I, therefore, would like to share some technical insights with you. Whilst looking after a home and pets might sound easy, it is however similar to running a business and a live-in pet care job. As I maintain a high professional standard, please consider that there are many other inconspicuous elements that will take up time and resources, as well as produce inconveniences.
Here you will find a summary of the average time required for a one-week house sitting appointment.
We all enjoy living in a home that nurtures our health, wealth and harmony, which is why we make our personal home and space comfortable and practical to our needs. As I am a guest at your house I accept that I might not be able to embrace and enjoy all the comforts that are important to my personal wellbeing.
Moving from house to house means having to adjust to sleeping in different beds regularly. Some bedrooms have no curtains, blinds, air-con, functional windows. Some properties live in active neighbourhoods or on busy streets. In some cases, pets are uncomfortable and active at night due to external disturbances. All of these aspects can affect personal sleep and Sleep Hygiene.
Other inconveniences might be not having all the kitchen utilities or spices when cooking, cleaning products and deterrents are missing, or cheeky pets helping themselves to my belongings which then sometimes need replacing.
Something that I disapprove of is unexpected guests with keys who let themselves in without prior notice, and properties that cannot be fully secured.
Below you will find a summary of current average fees and charges when choosing a conventional service.
An appreciation is always welcome, especially when you consider the fees and charges for conventional services, as well as that without a house sitter your home will be less secure.
I do not have set rates, as I like to negotiate a fair value exchange with you in person, which will consider your requirements, duration of house-sit and any other special requests.
Years of house-sitting has taught us that many diseases in pets are preventable, given that pet owners live a Low-Tox lifestyle and remove the compounding factors that contribute to inflammation!
Check out this Blog Post and download the free eBook to learn how you can reduce potential VET costs, prevent diseases and promote wellness in your furry family!
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